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that's close to schedule. alternate side of the street parking rules are suspended once again for today but the metered rules are in effect. 4:32. pope francis wraps up his visit to washington today with the first address to congress by a reigning pope. they remind the pope of the vatican. francis met with president obama at the white house yesterday. the two spoke privately before the pope's parade. that's where a young girl got through security and caught the pope's eye. he asked him for help. >> i would like to ask you to speak with the president and the congress and legalizing my parents because every day i am scared that one day they will take them away from me. >> sofia wrote all that in the
letter she wrote the pope when he called her over and blessed her. we know president obama brought his whole family to meet the pope. the pontiff met the first family's dogs, beau and sonny. the president seems to be making sure the dogs are on their best behavior. francis will address a joint meeting of congress. he's the first pope ever to do so. then at 11:15 he's going to speak to a group of 200 catholic charity members. then this afternoon the pontiff departs joint base andrew on his way here to new york city. 4:33. the security here in new york city is unprecedented as we await the pope's arrival. this morning we have details on the pope's schedule and his home. dray clark. >> good morning . when pope francis arrives here this
evening he can rest well knowing he'll be staying on the most secure block in new york city. you can see behind me this section of the block is already on lockdown with security the pope will arrive at jfk airport at 5:00 this evening. when he arrives, mayor de blasio and governor cuomo will greet the pope. he'll then take a helicopter from jfk to manhattan. at 6:00 the pope will take a slow roll patrick's cathedral. at 6:35 he'll attend evening prayer at the cathedral. we expect he'll leave the cathedral and here are
details where he'll be staying. east 22nd street. both john paul ii and pope benedict the 16th have stayed here at the residence. inside there's a private chapel constructed not by the church but by the devout catholic family who built the home and eventually donated it to the church. back here live now outside the townhouse as part of the security measures there are air monitoring devices on the corner. also there will be bomb sniffing dogs. snipers will be on the roof. and a bulletproof passageway will be constructed as well that will allow the pope to walk to and from his popemobile without the possibility of being shot. we know there are other residents who live on this block. they'll have to be searched and show i.d. before they're allowed to enter the secure zone. bill de blasio, police commissioner bratton and secret service agent
be here this evening. we'll talk to them during the 6:00 hour. 4:36. final preparations are underway across the city right now. barricades, blockades and steel fences are in place to help protect the pope. you'll see sporadic street closures in our area, making it tough to get around today. important information. >> good morning. i'm on 5th avenue and 56th, about five blocks away from st. patrick's here. barricades are already up. 5th avenue shut down as we're parking here. let me show you what else you can see. the fence we've been telling you about all week long is already up. it's 8 feet tall. it's not climbable. the steel mesh is too tight. you can't climb it and can't topple it. take a look at all the work that's been done. we showed you the same
you'll notice in this area along 5th avenue, this fence stretches for about 25,000 feet. it was specially made for this papal visit. other security measures being done here, potholes have been sealed up. all the lamps have been checked. we've seen officers overnight walking the area with bomb sniffing dogs sweeping this entire section of midtown. it will be here all day ready for when the pope celebrates mass at st. catholic's cathedral this evening, and will be here till 9 p.m. all in the name of safety. >> we had to create a panel that was secure enough that nobody can get through and even though he's a people person, they also want to keep him safe. >> this fence, all 25,000 feet of it, will be brought down around 9:00 tonight. it will be moved to another location that has not been disclosed yesterday, possibly even to
specially made for this papal visit. 5th avenue shut down already here. it will be shut down again till the late evening hours. the areas you want to avoid, fifth avenue, madison avenue. 56th, 57th avenue all the way down to 47th avenue. everyone is suggesting to take the subways. we're live in midtown, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> the papal visit has many across the city looking for ways to do something special. >> in greenwich village, the papal recipe rounds out the details that may add a few highlights. >> everything takes about five hours to make it and that's a great, great, great pizza. >> takes five hours to make but
the folks remind customers they are pizza makers, not artists. and a programming note. we'll air this evening's prayer service with the pope live from st. patrick's cathedral. eyewitness news anchor sade baderinwa will be starting at 6:45. it's 4:39 and new this morning, police have arrested the man for the murder of a bronx cab driver. police grabbed 24-year-old nicholas sanchez last night at his home. investigators say he shot green cab driver barry mamaduke in the dispute over an affair. new this morning, a gunman makes a brooklyn street look like the wild west. police want your help in finding the man in this video. it happened last friday night near sterling place in crown heights. thankfully no one was hurt.
for the suspects in a bias attack in manhattan. police released these sketches of the three people accused of attacking a 27-year-old woman and her mother after yelling anti-gay slurs. it happened nearly two weeks ago. surveillance video shows the suspects taking off after the attack. 4:40. you're never more than 10 minutes away with your weather and forecast. >> we take a look at times square looking south. we're looking at a pretty morning. 61 degrees. 4:40, looking at a great day. going to be a nice day with a lot of sunshine. temperatures are going to be about 10 degrees warmer for this time of clear skies. clear skies are all the way back to the great lakes and the had ohio valley. just to the west of chicago, storm system in the atlantic we're keeping an eye on. looks like it kind of all misses us except for some clouds.
and 82 today. weather and traffic together every 7 minutes. >> i want to show you how the degan is looking at this point. not bad right through this spot however we do have difficulties on the degan and we're going to head over to our maps. northbound side of the degan, near 1 frightening street. overturned vehicle. all lanes are closed down. route 17 north right before century road, that is another accident that's in the process of being cleared away. subway status, a-train suspended. subway status, l train suspended between myrtle street. metro north, new jersey transit trains. we trains, long island railroad all running on or close to schedule. alternate side of the street rules suspended but the metered rules apply. 4:42. still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, a
it is 4:45. bill evans with the exclusive accuweather forecast. >> a look outside tells you everything you need to know. going to be a beautiful day today with a lot of sunshine. going to be a warmer day today. normal high temperature this time of year is about 72 degrees. we're goin above that. as we look toward midtown, those of you from midtown south got great visibility all the had way down to one world trade. current temperature, 61 degrees. calm wind. pressure, 30 26 is great. yesterday's high was 80 degrees. 59 broke out as the low. 72 is our normal time for this time of year. we're going to be about 10 degrees warmer for than this for today. beautiful sunrise and gorgeous sunset at 6:50. we've got a fall feel this morning at dawn with a little breeze but it's going to feel summary this afternoon at 82.
cooler but dry for saturday and sunday. sunday we'll watch a storm system probably just throw some clouds over us. 62 around riverdale. 65, white stone, queens, ridgewood, cambria heights. 62, wrightstown. poughkeepsie, 46. 46 around monticello. grab a jacket. got a little bit of wind this morning. calm around much of the area with clear skies that allows the temperature to really drop off and makes for a great day. high around 82 . tonight it's going to be clear. suburbs. 49 in the coolest spots then tomorrow sunny, breezy, a little cooler. high is 76. here's your accuweather clouds and sun on saturday. storm out in the atlantic throws back some clouds on sunday. it's going to be breezy. it will be a little more cloudy on sunday but notice there's no rain on that 7-day forecast. we warm back up to
>> wow. how do you do it? >> i don't do it. i just report it. >> mark this day in history. >> if you want to know who makes great weather, let's see between the lines here. the pope is on the way and the weather is gorgeous. >> there. say no more. [ laughter ] let's check in with heather. >> except for the traffic is going to be much different with his visit. not as beautiful as the weather but we welcome him anyway. let's go over to maps. we're going to talk to you about this floater going to happen throughout the day. we have 5th avenue closed down but starting at 8 a.m. lasting till saturday at 10 a.m. 72nd and 71st streets are going to be closed. that commute should be by mass transit.
maps. 1 49th street, that's an overturned call. l train suspended between myrtle and larimer. f trains are suspended between briarwood and jamaica. keep in mind during the pope's visit, some subway stops may be skipped due to overcrowding. we also have metro north on our closest schedule. new jersey transit trains, long island railroad doing okay. you can expect some of our buses to be dealing with minor delays as well. we have our street cleaning rules suspended, metered rules in effect. we have breaking news. in saudi u in-- saudi arabia at least 150
the stampede happened on the outskirts of mecca early this morning. at least 400 more people are hurt. there are more than 2 million people in the area right now for the annual pilgrimage which began earlier this week. chinese president xi jinping leaves washington state today headed for a polite but guarded meeting in washington, d.c. he toured the boeing factory in everett, washington and met with leaders in seattle promising them stronger protection in china for their intellectual property. washington is concerned about security issues and chinese hack attacks. time is 4:49. three chicago area schools will be closed today with a threat of legionnaires' disease. it evacuated yesterday after annual inspection of cooling towers at
high levels of the legionella activity. the students will stay at home until a screening process deems the schools safe for their return. when an 11-year-old boy is told go help your brother, this probably isn't what mom really had in mind. james dukes turned out to be the man of the house when his mom went in to labor with no way to get her to the hospital and young james with help from a 911 operator helped deliver his new baby brother. james said his main concern was make him mom feel better. >> i don't like people hurting and i don't like when they're down or anything so i'll like fix them and help them. >> i've never heard of anything like this. i think james is very special. >> mom and 2-day-old son royal head home from the hospital today. big brother james says he wants to be a doctor when he grows up. >> yeah, i think he's pretty
4:54. in this morning's health alert if your parents or teachers ever told you not to fidget, they may have been giving you bad advice. researchers in the uk say fidgeters may be protecting themselves from harmful effects of sitting over long periods. they monitored 12,000 women over 12 years and found those who fidget are less likely to die even if they sit seven or more hours a day. so go fidget. >> that's interesting. >> i fidget all the time. >> i haven't noticed. [ laughter ] i've sat next to you for how many years. [ laughter ] 4:54. >> that study conducted by the fidgeting society. who are these people? [ laughter ] here's what's going on this morning.
jersey shore, nice morning, 61 degrees, clear skies going to a high today of 82. if you want to go to the beaches, good day for it. clear skies. all the way back to shackagle. 45 in sussex county. 58, newark, elizth and staten island. humidities not that bad either. noon time temperature of 77. summer breeze and 82. it cools off tomorrow and the weekend. heather says the major degan has reopened. >> you can call it just the degan. let's go over to our maps. yes, the degan has been reopened. i was telling you about this overturned vehicle. everything opened at 149th street.
road, that accident is still being cleared away. we do have mass transit issues some stops may be skipped. mta buses may have divergence as well. 4:56. the next time you think you're paying too much for cell phone service, consider this guy. >> a man in oregon getting a $2 million cell phone bill. verizon admitting to the obvious mistake, but not before the account was actually sent to two collection agencies. right now police are continuing the investigation in to a major drug bust in the bronx. investigators say more than 2 million pacts of synthetic marijuana known as k2
were found inside garages of two homes on papa street, about $10 million worth of the drug that appears to be stuffed inside dozens of laundry bags. this comes after another bust happened last week. >> hardly nobody notices nothing here. it's so quiet. people just come in the morning, park the cars. they go in the afternoon to work. >> dea agents and nypd officers were at the scene late last night. they continue to collect evidence. right now no arrests have been made. 4:57. we're closing in on 5:00. just ahead on eyewitness news this morning, last minute preparations are underway across manhattan. and ahead of pope francis's arrival tonight. we'll keep you updated on the security sweeps and street closures that could interrupt your morning commute. >> we're looking ahead to the
. good morning. it's 5:00 a.m. the day has arrived. pope francis lands in new york city just 12 hours from now. we're live with the final preparations, including security sweeps and street closures. >> and we're live in washington with a look ahead at the pope's historic address to congress today. >> and it will feel a little like summer again on this first full day of fall. we're looking ahead to the weekend. good morning. i'm lori stokes. >> thank you for joining us. i'm ken rosato. it is thursday, september 24, friday eve. you're never more than 7 minutes away from weather and
traffic. bill evans with the forecast. good morning, everybody. we're looking at clear skies, a light breeze, feels very fall- like this morning. looking from asbury park down the jersey shore, 62 degrees. looking at a gorgeous day. 65 by 9:00. noon time, somewhere around 75. we're looking at 80 to 82 later on this afternoon. a great day. 10 degrees warmer than normal. it will cool off toward the weekend. we'll talk about the weekend next on your accuweather forecast. and we're going to talk subway status. overnight track work, 53, changes and delays along the 4, 5 and 6 trains as a result. deegan going north at 149th, earlier overturned vehicle has been cleared away. 17 going north near century road and pair miss, that accident is still being cleared were a. we're going to have mass transit changes possible. subways.
the pope's visit. we have westchester b-line, bmx 4 c, expect changes there. and mta buses, expect diversions and possible delays. as far as our trains, trains should be running normally. keep in mind at this point, you have metro north, new jersey transit, trans long island railroad, running closest to schedule. it's a great way to go with street closures in place. street cleaning rules are suspended. lori, over to you. >> thank you, heather. 5:02. the day has arrived. pope francis will arrive in new york, 12 hours from now. thousands of people will line the streets on fifth avenue to see him before prayers at st. patrick's cathedral tonight. then the pope will go to the upper east side. it's a live look right now at the house where he will live like a diplomat. extremely tight security is in place. we have two reports on the
u.s. rob nelson is live in washington. we'll start live in midtown with the preparations. >> reporter: lori, good morning. i'm five blocks away from st. patrick's cathedral. fifth avenue is already shut down, bare behind me. just a few security cars on the street here. all the cars are being blocked off by barriers. something else you'll notice, that steel fence we've been talking about. you can see here it's about 8 feet tall and the steel mesh prevents anyone from climbing up it. also, you can see you cannot topple it over. it's been securely put into the ground with some type of concrete. notice that this fence stretches 25,000 feet. it's the you yesterday in central park. earlier this morning, something else i noticed, bomb-sniffing dogs with offers scouring the area where the fence was going up. all week we've been talking about potholes being filled and also the manholes being sealed, all in the name of safety. the steel fence was especially
it will be here all day, ready for when the pope has a prayer service at st. patricks at 6:30 this evening. this fence will remain here until 9:00 at night, we're told. the fence will be brought down, moved to another location, possibly philadelphia, but the location has not been disclosed. keep in mind the areas that will be closed, fifth avenue, also madison avenue from 56th street all the way over to 47th street will be shut down for most of the day, until about 10:00 tonight, until the fence can come down. so the suggestion here from everybody, take the subways, avoid midtown if you can. the mayor is even saying stay home and work from your house, if possible. live in midtown, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> calla, thank you. 5:04. before the pope heads this way, he'll deliver the first papal
address ever to congress. >> yes, he'll also visit st. patrick's catholic church before departing at 4:00. this is a look at the crowds. eyewitness news reporter rob nelson joins us live from the capitol in washington. rob? >> reporter: good morning, ken and lori. even during yesterday's welcome ceremony, the pope and the president did not shy away from politics. in just a few hours from now, the pope is expected to take his same message of social justice and tolerance to the full united states congress. as you said, this is the first papal address ever of this kind. [ cheers & applause ] >> reporter: pope francis caps off his visit to washington this morning with an address to a joint meeting of congress. this will be the pope's view from capitol hill. the house actually has a higher percentage of catholics than the country as a whole, but
everyone, pro and con, to behave. this first-ever address by a pope will be a serious occasion, similar to a state of the union address. >> i think there will be cheering, but i hope we won't get the stupid deviceness. >> reporter: the pope will have lunch at st. patrick's church with some 200 homeless people. after that, francis flies out of joint base andrews for a five-hour trip to st. patricks cathedral. we've been out here, as you said, since tuesday morning. things have been fairly quiet. security beginning to ramp up this morning, but all of that quiet will change in just a few hours. that's because they will set up jumbo screens out here on the
thousands are expected to come here, because they can't get inside, they will sit out here and watch the address outside in just a few hours. the speech is set to begin about 10:00 a.m. this morning. live from dc, rob nelson, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> thank you, rob. a programing note, we will air this evening's prayer service live from st. patricks cathedral, starting at 6:45. stay with eyewitness news for updates on our facebook, instagram and twitter pages. if you attend any of the events, share your videos and photos with us. use the #abc7ny. it is 5:07. breaking news in saudi arabia. at least now 220 people are dead following a stampede during the hajj pilgrimage to the holy city of mecca. the number killed has increased in the last half hour. the stampede happened on the outskirts of mecca early this morning.
hundreds of others are hurt. there are more than 2 million people in the area right now for the annual pilgrimage, which began earlier this week. other news developing right now, in maryland, several homes have been destroyed in a gas explosion. this is the new video. officials say that no one was home at the time the two town homes were blasted. the force of the explosion sent debris flying more than 50 feet away. it appears at least four homes were either destroyed or badly damaged. but the extent of the damage in the neighborhood in columbia is still unknown. a gas worker there is being treated for minor injuries. one other person is being treated for smoke inhalation. 5:08 this morning. we'll hear from yogi berra's family, following tributes for the beloved hall of famer. the mayor ordered flags lowered to half staff to remember the 10-time world champion. the current yankees honored
berra with a moment of silence before last night's game in toronto. the team will also wear a patch with his number 8. the mets also held a moment of silence before last night's game at citi field. berra managed them to the 1973 world series. another world series-winning former yankees catcher remembered one of the greats. >> i think it's just the way god created man to be. humble. you think about the numbers yogi has put up and the rings he has worn and the celebrations he's been part of. you would have never known it. >> yogi berra was 90 years old. he died on the 69th anniversary of his debut in the major leagues. a private funeral service will be held for mr. berra on tuesday in montclair, new jersey, his hometown. loved montclair. did so much for so many people in new jersey and montclair specifically. >> he did. what a life. 5:09. never more than 10 minutes away from weather and traffic. bill evans has the accuweather forecast. great morning outside. feels like fall.
southward all the way down to the statue of liberty, harbor, staten island, a beautiful morning. looking from brooklyn to the lower east side, temperatures this morning looking at 61 degrees to 62. we got a calm wind and a great day and a clear sky. high pressure will still dominate today all the way back to the great lakes. we'll feel this light breeze this morning and then this afternoon it's going to warm up to summer numbers. it's going to be around 82, which is 10 degrees warmer than normal for this time of the year. weather, then heather every 7 minutes. i have great news this morning. >> yes, you do. >> and you have? >> i have difficulties i need to talk to you about. but let's talk about the traffic first. let's go over to a webcam and show you what's happening here. if you look at the top portion of the screen, you'll see a lot of brake lights there. why is this? where is this? we'll head over to the maps and i'll tell you. it's truck routes 109 north of daremiss avenue, accident being cleared. it's a southbound accident, so
right before daremiss avenue. route 17, we still have this crash. it's north, right near century road in pair miss. subway status, 4, 5, 6 trains, track work, expect service changes and delays as a result. metro north, new jersey transit, long island railroad, they are all running on a close schedule at this time. street cleaning rules are suspended today and tomorrow for observances. meter rules remain in effect. ken and lori? >> heather, thank you. 5:11. still ahead this morning, a shootout, fear at a gas station, forcing innocent people to take cover. >> a man hit in a hail of bullets talk about the chaotic moments, next. >> also ahead, once a friend, now a foe. donald trump says you're fired
. 5:14. some high octane moments caught on camera, when bullets fly at a georgia gas station. bystanders ducked for cover behind cars and pumps when the chaos erupted. surveillance video shows a man hopping out of a white suv to talk to people inside a silver car. then moments later, the car sped away, triggering the shootout, which left one man injured. he says during the gun battle, seconds felt like hours. >> i waited, stood up, finished pumping my gas. i put the pump back and i says, honey, don't panic, but i've been shot. >> the man says a fragmented bullet left him with several cuts and one large hole in his foot, but he is expected to be okay. right now, the search continues for two shooters. time is 5:14. in the race for president, donald trump says he's done with fox news. no more interviews, talk shows.
fox because its coverage of him is unfair and not balanced. but fox says it dumped trump. the news network says he started his latest attacks after they canceled his appearance on the o'reilly factor. trump turned his anger on a fellow republican last night. carly fiorina gave it right back. >> she's fighting to raise money and her business career was a disaster, and nobody wants to say it. they say you can't say that, because it's sexist. >> leadership is not about how big your office is, how big your title is, how big your airplane or your helicopter or your ego is. leadership is about service. >> fiorina did have some nice things to say about hillary clinton. she said she has empathy for a woman who is working all-out and doing her best. 5:15. let's check in with bill evans. good morning, you guys. we've got sunshine on the way
for the day today. feels like a fall morning outside. we have clear skies. it is comfortable, 65% humidity. 62-degree temperature is really nice. no more overnight lows. about 58. we're a little bit warmer than that. temperatures will drop down maybe as we get toward sunrise, about 6:45. the pressure is steady, way up there high. so that means we've got nice high pressure making for fair weather. yesterday's high was 80 degrees. normal is 72. we're going to be at 82, even warmer today. the sun's up at 6:45. beautiful sunrise. it will feel like fall this morning. summery this afternoon. slightly cooler tomorrow and saturday. and then sunday we're looking at cloudy skies, a storm out in the atlantic. we'll see what happens with that. uv index is a 6, which is high. three hours, you get a sunburn. the sun is a little weaker this time of year, but strong enough. 46 around poughkeepsie. 60 around the five boroughs. wind here keeps the humidity away, so that's why it feels
clear skies all the way back to the great lakes. it's absolutely gorgeous. as we get back to school and afterwards today, 82, sunny and warm. coaches and kids, superintendents, teachers, all that, after-school sports, drink a lot of water. 82 degrees for the day today. it's clear tonight. 50s once again in the suburbs to 49 well north and west up there in the hudson river valley in the catskills. we're looking at a sunny, breezy day tomorrow, high clouds. it will be a little cooler with a high of 76. i think the weekend's a nice, fall weekend. keep an eye on sunday, as we'll be looking at clouds on sunday with this storm out in the atlantic. you can see there might even be showers that come up from washington, dc, maybe to southern jersey, extreme southern jersey. we'll have to keep an eye on that. it is going to be very nice this weekend. then we warm back up to tuesday of next week. it's still dry. by time we get to next week, no rain. we'll probably be about 8
>> not good a lot. >> no, it's not. >> no. >> we need the rain. >> thank you, bill. heather, how are things looking on the roads? we do have closures happening throughout manhattan. you've heard calla talk about how fifth avenue is closed down, but expect 71st, 72nd streets to shut down at 8:00 a.m. lasting until saturday at 10:00 a.m. between fifth avenue and madison avenue. so we also have mass transit changes that you can expect as we head over to our maps. i can tell you that with our subway, some of the stops may be skipped because of the pope's visit. we have westchester b-line buses, m 4 c have changes. mta, expect delays around the city and diversions. so just keep this one in mind if you are traveling around. your best bet is to stay home, if you can, or utilize mass transit. street cleaning rules are suspended. metered rules are in effect. ken and lori, over to you. >> thank you, heather.
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then traveling over here onto truck roads 109 north of daremiss avenue, that accident has been cleared. 4, 5 and 6 trains, track work at 51st street has been completed. they are running once again. may experience delays. changes may occur with the pope's visit. some of our subway stops may be skipped and that's because of overcrowding, especially in the evening hours. and then the bxm 4 c b-line bus, that will deal with changes and diversions expected on mta buses. street cleaning rules are suspended. metered rules are in effect. >> heather, thank you. 5:23. new and next this morning, two officers and a motorcyclist land in the hospital overnight after a police car crashes in queens. details on the bizarre chain of events.
it happened monday during the period between rash ha shan and yom kippur, known as the 10 days of repentence. if you recognize the suspect, please call police. asian stocks lost more ground overnight. >> losing nearly 3% following a three-day holiday. hong kong index closed 1%. wall street, dow starts the day down 50 points at 16,279. nasdaq composite and s&p 500 begin slightly lower. futures are up a fraction right now. the emissions scandal rocking volkswagen is having huge consequences. >> we have this morning's business headlines. >> reporter: good morning. topping america's money, new fallout from the volkswagen scandal. >> now the ceo has stepped down, the board will meet tomorrow to consider replacements. >> reporter: the smog test cheating scandal is taking a toll on dealers, and frustrated owners with vehicles they don't want anymore.
spend less on halloween this year. the annual retail federation says americans will spend about $74 on halloween. >> reporter: that's compared to $77 last year. total halloween spending is projected to be nearly $7 billion. i'm scared from that noise. move over, babe ruth. the most desired autograph right now is pope francis. >> reporter: take a look at this ebay post. the auction closed yesterday. pope francis' signature is selling for a whopping $2300. >> reporter: wow, that's a biblical markup. >> reporter: that's america's money. 5:28. coming up in our next half here. pope francis arrives at new hours. we have live team coverage of where the pope will stay an the street closures and security checks you can expect over the next two days. >> get ready for more summer- like weather on the first full day of fall, but a change is coming. meteorologist bi
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. pope francis is coming to new york city today, but details on his schedule today. >> and street closures ahead of the pope's arrival. >> and the first full day of fall doesn't feel like it, but a change is coming soon. good morning. i'm ken rosato. >> and i'm lori stokes. thank you for joining us this morning. it's thursday, september 24. you're never more than 7 minutes away from weather and traffic and bill. well, good morning, everybody. thank you for joining us. 5:30. we got clear skies, a nice fall morning out there. like lori said, first full day starts off feeling like fall. 47 at britt, new jersey. cool numbers out there. by the time we get to noon,
a nice little summer breeze this afternoon, hitting 82, 10 degrees warmer than normal. by 5:00 today for the papal visit, 75. clear, comfy, beautiful sunset on the way this evening at 6:50. weather, then heather. how's the commute? 4, 5, 6 trains, earlier track work has been taken care of. expect residual delays as a result. metro north, new jersey transit, long island railroad running on or close to schedule. no major problems there. we did have a problem on pair miss on 17 north near century road. that accident has been cleared away. as you travel onto truck routes 1 and 9, accident right there, that accident has been cleared away. so you should start moving very shortly. some stops on our subways may be skipped due to overcrowding, especially during the evening hours during the pope's visit. something to think about.
line buses, m 4 c will be dealing with changes in services. other mta buses, expect delays and diversions. at this point, if you want toes george washington bridge, overnight construction has been picked up and put away. alternate side of the street parking rules are suspended today and tomorrow for religious observances. the metered rules apply. street closures and parking restrictions in place because of the pope's visit and the ken? >> heather, thank you. 5:32. thousands of people have big smiles on their faces this morning after they get to see pope francis in washington. now those smiles will be extended to our own area, with the pope arriving in less than 12 hours. it will be another day of firsts for the pope in washington before he heads this way. taking a live look right now a the capitol, today the pope will address the u.s. congress. we have live team coverage on what you can expect today in new york.
eyewitness news reporter calla rama, but we begin with dre clark on the upper east side. >> reporter: good morning. one neighbor said it looks like a military zone outside her window. pope francis will be arriving here later on this evening and he can rest well, knowing he'll be staying on perhaps the most secure block in all of new york city. the home of the papal is on east 72nd street between madison and fifth avenue. you can see it's already on lockdown with security measures firmly in place. now, the pope will arrive at jfk airport at 5:00 this evening. mayor de blasio and governor cuomo will greet him when he arrives. from there, he'll take a chopper to manhattan. at 6:00, the pope will take a slow roll in a motorcade down fifth avenue to st. patrick's cathedral. at 6:45, he will attend prayer at the cathedral. then we're expecting around 7:45, he will leave the cathedral and make his way here to the town home on east 72nd street. a bit of information about the home where the pope will be
staying. it is an 11,000-square foot town house near central park that was built in 1894. it's been the vatican's diplomatic mission since the 1970s. pope john paul ii and pope benedict xvi have also stayed here. inside the home, there is a private chapel constructed not by the church, but by the devout catholic family who built the home and eventually donated it to the church. back here live this morning, you can see a lot of nypd activity outside the home at this early morning hour. as part of those security measures that are in place, there are air monitoring devices on the corner. there will be bomb-sniffing dogs, also snipers on the roof, and a bullet-proof passage way has been constructed that will allow the pope to walk to and from his pope mobile without the possibility of being shot. and there are a number of people who also live on this block. they will have to be searched and also show id before they
are allowed to enter this safety zone here. again, a lot of activity here on this early morning hour. during our 6:00 hour, mayor de blasio will be here, also police commissioner bratton. we'll talk to them live on the air about the preparations and the security leading up to this day many new yorkers have been looking forward to, when pope francis arrives here later on this evening. live on the upper east side, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> dre, thank you. 5:35. crews have been working around the clock to prepare for the pope's arrival to ensure his safety. while also allowing thousands of people to see the pontiff. eyewitness news reporter calla rama continues our coverage live in midtown. calla? >> reporter: lori, i have a little better news for you and drivers headed to this area this morning. all morning long, i've been saying fifth avenue here is shut down. but in 30 we'll see a little bit of relief. fifth avenue and the streets in the area of st. patrick's cathedral will reopen here from 6:00 to 10:00.
so they are preparing now. you can see some of the barricades have been moved out of the way. that will start at 6:00 this morning, remain open until 10:00 this morning. but let's take you to st. patrick's cathedral, five blocks away from us. take a look. police commissioner bill bratton personally conducted security checks along his route yesterday. during that sweep, commissioner bratton also met with cardinal timothy dolan to discuss prayer services that take place tonight 569:45 led by pope francis at st. patrick's. those prayer services last about half hour, but the security preparations started well before this morning. earlier this morning, we noticed bomb-sniffing dogs with officers scouring the area where the fence went up. all week long we've been talking about potholes being filled and manholes being sealed all in the name of safety. back to the fence, the steel fence we showed you yesterday around central park was specially made for the papal
it stretches 25,000 feet along fifth avenue avenues. the steel mesh makes it unclimbable and it's secured with concrete and steel where it cannot be toppled over. >> we had to create a panel that was secure enough that nobody can get through and also keep -- even though he's a people person, they also want to keep him safe. >> reporter: the fence will quickly be brought down around 9:00 tonight, well after the pope is away from this area here. then it will be moved to another undisclosed location, possibly even philadelphia. the pope's next stop in just a few days. now, back to the traffic alert this morning, if you're headed to the area between 6:00 and 10:00 this morning, fifth avenue will be open, but lanes will be reduced. keep in mind, there will still be some traffic. live in midtown, calla rama, channel 7 eyewitness news. >> calla, thank you. also, a programing note. we will air this evening's prayer service with the pope, live from st. patrick's cathedral. eyewitness news anchors will be there.
that starts at 6:45. we're working to help you out while the pope is in town over the next couple of days. we have placed on our website abc 7 ny, all the information you need to know about the pope's schedule and events and the traffic disruptions in one place or another. also, we're going to post updates on our facebook and twitter pages. stay with eyewitness news throughout the entire week for continuing coverage of this historic trip. 5:38. we are following breaking news in saudi arabia. at least 220 people are dead following a stampede during the hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of mecca early this morning. hundreds of others are hurt. this comes less than two weeks after a crane collapse on the grand mosque in mecca killed more than 100 people. there are hundreds of thousands of people in that area right now for the annual pilgrimage, which began earlier this week. new this morning, a chain reaction crash involving a police cruiser in queens sends
two officers and a motorcyclist to the hospital. the wreck happened just after midnight on the grand central parkway. when the cruiser somehow lost control mere astoria boulevard. both officers are expected to be okay. meanwhile, as investigators block traffic, a motorcyclist slammed into the back end of another police cruiser while likely trying to avoid the lane closure. the rider's condition remains unknown at this hour. new this morning, police have arrested a man for murder of a bronx cap driver. police grabbed 24-year-old nicholas sanchez last night on his home on lori lard place. investigators say he shot green cab driver barry momodue in the children. his wife is expecting their 5:39. you're never more than 10 minutes away from weather and traffic and bill evans with your accuweather forecast. we have a beautiful morning. clear skies, we can see the verrazano bridge between
brooklyn and staten island, toward sandy hook, new jersey. 62 degrees, a pretty morning. we're looking at what's going to be a beautiful day today. a warmer day. feels like fall this morning outside at 62 degrees, with clear skies. and the skies are clear all the way back to the great lakes. not looking at anything interfering with our weather business at least until we get into the weekend. there's had a storm down in the atlantic. there's this front here off to the west. that should skirt up to canada. this system, however, could throw clouds our way into sunday. we'll keep an eye on that. we're looking at a great morning. 74 by noon time. 82 this afternoon. 10 degrees warmer than normal for this time of the year. since it feels like fall this morning at the bus stop, kids, grab a jacket or sweater. there's one child at the bus stop dressed appropriately. [ laughter ] >> heather, how are you doing and what's going out out there? i'm doing all right. we're looking at the george washington bridge. seems to be moving okay. no construction there this morning, so you can see left to right, traffic coming into the city, doing just fine on the upper and lower levels.
no major problems going back over into new jersey. we'll head over to our maps now. i can tell you the lincoln and the holland are also doing very well. no major problems to report. our mass transit times, metro north, new jersey transit trains, path trains, long island railroad, all doing just fine. 4, 5 and 6 traipse, we had track work at 51st street. the track work is complete. you may experience residual delays as a result. we have alternate side of the street parking rules suspended for today and those metered rules are in effect. ken and lori, over to you. >> thank you, heather. it is 5:41. still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, right now, about $10 million worth of synthetic marijuana, off the streets this morning after detectives air someone's dirty laundry in the bronx. >> plus, bullets fly at a
new this morning, take a look at this video from brooklyn. police want your help catching a man who fired at least three shots near sterling place and nostrom avenue. it happened just before 11:00 last friday night. no one was hurt. 5:44. meteorologist bill evans joins us with the exclusive accuweather forecast. let's take a look at times square, shall we? folks are out and about. there's "good morning america" right on the left. it's a morning where we're looking at clear skies, a fall grab a jacket. you'll need that today. later on, it's going to be quite warm. really dry, 65% humidity. temperature of 62. calm wind, pressure way up there. strong high pressure makes for fair weather. 30.00 is the mark of the fair weather, but it's way above that. sun up at 6:45. we'll have a beautiful sunset at 10 minutes before 7:00. normal high, 72. we'll hit 82 today. we're going to be above normal till sunday. then back above normal next
it's a fall feel this morning. summery this afternoon. slightly cooler tomorrow and saturday. still above normal. still dry. a close call with rain on sunday, but looks like that chance may not even be till around cape may, new jersey or the delaware peninsula, down in that area. we'll keep an eye on that for sunday evening. uv index is a 6. takes about two hours, three hours, still get a sunburn. sun weakens this time of year, but still strong enough. we're looking at 58 from north port. 40s at the hudson river valley. a nice morning. it is cool. jacket and sweater is what you need. we've got a calm wind, light northerly wind again. there's a front to the north that will be sliding southward, making it cooler for the weekend. today, this high pressure ridge still firmly in place. cooler air to the north will start driving down tomorrow. our future cast is still showing plenty of sunshine today and tomorrow and even into saturday. the storm stays suppressed to
ridge and even early into sunday. it's warm today with 82 degrees. the front kind of slides southward and this high pressure brings in drier, cooler air as we go into tomorrow. your accuweather forecast, sunny and warmer, 82. tonight, 62. 50s in the suburbs again. 49 way up to the north and west, around monticello, catskills and northwest new jersey around sussex. tomorrow, 76 trombones and clouds. high clouds tomorrow. it will be very breezy tomorrow. nice east wind. sunshine and 76 on saturday. cloudy, breaks of sun, breezy and 72 on sunday. this time of the year, we go up and down, up we're back up to 80 by tuesday. >> all right. there you go. >> it is what it is. we got all sorts of road closures, mass transit changes, what do we got going on? let's talk about the road closures. we do have closures that will pop up once again starting at 10:00 a.m. we're going to check those out now. it's 55th street through 47th
street going to shut down around 10:00 a.m. that closure will stay in place until 9:00 p.m. fifth avenue will shut down once again between 47th up to 55th street. you've heard calla say that fifth avenue is now reopened, but once again, it's going to close down at 10:00 a.m., all around st. patrick's cathedral. heading to the maps, changes as far as mass transit, some of our subway spots may be skipped all because of overcrowding. that would be this evening. you have the westchester b-line buses, bxm 4 c with changes. mta buses, expect a lot of diversions. we have our street cleaning rules suspended for today, but the metered rules are in effect. ken and lori, over to you. >> thank you, heather. 5:47. still ahead on eyewitness news this morning, the land down under is reportedly over an american recording artist known for delivering the hits, along with making them. why australia's government may
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drug appearing to be stuffed inside dozens of laundry bags. this comes after another bust last week. >> hardly nobody notices nothing here. it's so quiet. people just come in the morning, park their cars and i guess they go in in the afternoon to work. >> dea agents and nypd officers were at the scene late last evidence. 5:51. the leader of a drug cartel in mexico is now in custody and linked to the deaths of more than a dozen police officers and soldiers. the head of mexico's national security commission announced the arrest yesterday. he says the 27-year-old man is responsible for the deaths of 15 state police officers and the ambush in april. the same man is linked to two other deadly am bushes. 5:52. singer chris brown may face
the australian government gets its way, suggesting the 25-year- old be refused a visa because of his assault conviction of pop star rihanna. brown is set to perform this december in australia. the prime minister supported the initiative in an effort to support domestic violence efforts. still ahead, a live look at the upper east side where security is already tight and street closures are in effect ahead of the pope's visit. police commissioner bill bratton standing by and mayor bill de blasio in our next half hour.
62 degrees, going to a high of 82 today. morristown, it's cool. grab a jacket or sweater. 56 around newark and elizabeth. cool spots with the north- northeast wind. humidities are low. we've got great rides on the ferries this morning. jersey city, staten island, east side, brooklyn looking really good today. a lot of sun. 77 by noon. 82 this afternoon. it's fall this morning. it's summer this afternoon, heather. i know you like the latter half of that. i do! it's summer this afternoon. sounds good to me. i'm going to show you a webcam. this will not sound good. for those traveling along route 80, we do have this delay. this is an exiting delay on route 80 getting into 287. let's head over to our maps and i'll tell you what's going on. 80 east near route 287. vehicle fire. the only good part of this is the vehicle fire is off on the shoulder. it's not blocking any lanes, but of course you have the rubber necking delay. going to the hudson river crossings, george washington bridge, lincoln and holland, all doing fine. 4, 5 and 6 trains, track work
at 51st complete. subways are doing fine, but with the pope visiting, there is a possibility some subway stops may be skipped this evening. we have street cleaning rules suspended. metered rules are in effect. lori, over to you. >> heather, thank you. 5:56. the arrival here later today of pope francis has many across the city casting about ways to do something extra special. what could be more special than a pizza? the papal pizza recipe relies on mozzarella, anchovies, peppers to round out the details and maybe add a few highlights. >> takes about five hours to make it and that's a great, great, great pizza. >> well, yeah, you heard takes five hours. five hours to make. but the folks at bleecker street pizza remind customers they are pizza makers. closing in on 6:00 this morning.
ahead, pope francis preparing for the second leg of his tour to america. he already made history in the nation's capital. he'll address a joint meeting of congress for the first time there ever today. >> and we have team coverage in washington as we get ready for the pope's trip to new york. >> and meteorologist bill evans has the exclusive accuweather forecast on this first full day of fall.